Soon — maybe by the end of this season, certainly within two years — Anthony Davis is going to be the third best player in the NBA. (Coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. said on SiriusXM NBA radio last week he thinks he might be right now.)
He will play the four for the Pelicans this year, but this video shows you why you want him as the five in International ball. He’s guarding his man in the paint, slides over to make the defensive play but when Alex Garcia loses the ball Davis grabs it, dribbles the ball up out of traffic, passes to Klay Thompson, then Davis just outruns everyone down the court for the alley-oop.
Exactly what international team is going to match that?
“We think he’s one of the top players in the league and we need for him to be that five that nobody has,” Team coach Mike Krzyzewski said to PBT in Las Vegas. “Everyone talks about things we don’t have, well they don’t have him.”
Davis finished with 20 points (on 15 shots), 8 rebounds and 5 blocks on the night. The Chicago native was pretty much Team USA’s best player at the United Center.
The World Cup tournament could well be a breakout for him.